Careers in LER
LER MAJORS HAVE MANY CAREER OPTIONS AND DO WELL IN THE JOB MARKET
LER majors have many more career options, and do better in the job market, than most majors at Penn State.
LER majors can pursue a range of different careers. Working as a human resource and employment relations (HRER) specialist for an employer is one of the most popular professions for LER majors. Virtually every employer--multinational corporations, small companies, family businesses, hospitals, charities and non-profit agencies, schools and universities, and federal, state, and local governments--employ HRER professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HRER is a growing profession and the job outlook for the next decade is very positive.
LER majors can also work in the employment services industry, which includes employment placement agencies and professional employer organizations. Jobs in this area are expected to grow 55 percent by 2020.
Government agencies that regulate the employment relations system in this country such as the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. and state Departments of Labor regularly hire Penn State LER School graduates.
For students interested in social and economic justice, working for a union provides an opportunity to pursue a career where you can put your beliefs into actions. Hundreds of LER alums have gone on to work for labor organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, the United Steelworkers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The LER School offers students assistance in navigating resources university-wide, resume review, and in house job and internship postings specifically for our majors.
One of the great things about being an LER major is that you have access to a network of thousands of LER alumni who are out working in HRER and related professions. As an LER student you will have access to this network of LER alumni.
Jessica Steele, LER’s Career and Recruitment Coordinator, works with students one-on-one to help navigate the world of internships and careers. She is available for open walk in’s on Tuesdays from 9am-noon and Thursday 1pm-4pm or by appointment.